Truth be told, after yesterday's oral surgery and root canal, my lower lip is stiff too. So are my chin and nose. Wish I knew what was done to them; I feel like I went a couple of rounds in the ring. The endodontist and anesthesiologist told me I did great.
Certainly I did better with the KO juice this time. Last year after the root canals, it took me a good half-hour to wake up enough to walk out of the office (I felt like a punchy prizefighter), whereupon I passed out for the 5-minute drive home. Darling Husband had to harangue me to stay awake long enough to eat some yogurt, then shake me awake 6 hours after I'd slid into the La-Z-Boy. Upon which I slurped a few more mouthfuls of yogurt, then went to bed and passed out for another 8 or so hours.
That was one of the best days I had all year.
It was such a relief to feel nothing, and just sleep. My theme song became "I Wanna Be Sedated," with "Haven't Got Time for the Pain" coming in at #2.
I told the anesthesiologist about them yesterday and he suggested "Comfortably Numb" for #3. (He always wears loud tropical-print shirts; I told him that if his business ever goes downhill, he could get a job at Trader Joe's.)
This time I could have made it out of the endodontist's office on my own steam, but I got to ride in a wheelchair. And though I zonked out in the car, I woke up of my own accord 30 minutes later (the procedure was at a different location from before) and downed some yogurt with no problem. Then I slept for 4 hours and once again woke on my own.
Today I'm back to thinking wistfully of Theme Song #1, between bouts of (gently!) swishing salt water in my puffy mouth.
Air kisses all around!